Bryan Rooney

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Associate Political Scientist
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in political science, Vanderbilt University; M.A. in political science, Vanderbilt University; B.A. in political science, Boston College


Bryan Rooney is an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation. His work at RAND has focused on grand strategy, U.S. forward presence, deterrence and escalation in great power competition, grey zone conflict, and U.S. and adversary approaches to shape third party behavior. This work has made use of quantitative methods, game theory, war gaming, and case study research. His research has also explored domestic politics and international conflict, states of emergency in democracies, autocratization, state capacity, and alliance dynamics. Rooney earned a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College in 2011, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University in 2017. He also was previously a Junior Research Fellow at the Carlos III - Juan March Institute in Madrid.

Selected Publications

Miranda Priebe, Douglas C. Ligor, Bruce McClintock, Michael Spirtas, Karen Schwindt, Caitlin Lee, Ashley L. Rhoades, Derek Eaton, Quentin E. Hodgson, Bryan Rooney, Multiple Dilemmas: Challenges and Options for All-Domain Command and Control, RAND Corporation (RR-A381-1)

Miranda Priebe; Bryan A. Rooney; Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga; Jeffrey Martini; Stéphanie Pézard, , Implementing restraint: changes in U.S. regional security policies to operationalize a realist grand strategy of restraint., RAND Corporation (-RR-A739-1)


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